Student Spotlight: NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Gabriel Grucela


The National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, created a scholarship to help develop the next generation of Supply Chain leaders in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Goals of the 2020 program were as follows:

  • Attract foodservice focused students to careers and organizations related to industry Supply Chain Management
  • Empower individuals invested in restaurants and foodservice through financial and programmatic support
  • Advance skills and retention of current industry professionals to support retention

These scholarships are available to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to foodservice and the restaurant industry who express a deep interest in supply chain management.

A total of eight $5,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship were recently awarded and we are featuring each of them individually.

NRAEF Supply Chain Scholarship Recipient Gabriel Grucela

Home: North Augusta, South Carolina

Class Status Fall 2020: College Freshman

College: University of South Carolina - Columbia

Major/Field of Study: Supply Chain Management and Operations

Years Working in Restaurant Industry: 1

Longest Restaurant Employer: Doughboy’s

Award Amount: $5,000

What are your plans in the industry? I am now currently employed at Chick-fil-A near me. So far I also love it there.  Everyone is helpful and caring. I am hoping in college to be transferred to a nearby Chick-fil-A and continue my work there. If I were to stay at Chick-fil-A for an extended amount of time, I would love to make it into corporate office trying to figure out supply chain issues.

Quote: I hope that through my education and training I will be able to provide the industry with new ideas that are out of the box. I am known for some unorthodox ideas. And by continuing my education I hope to achieve goals that people have not previously achieved by creating new methods to hopefully remedy the issues.

Author: Supply Chain Scene